'Enlightened' is the new offbeat HBO series written by Mike White and starring Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive health and beauty executive who has a very public workplace meltdown. After three months of contemplation and meditation at a treatment center in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her mother Helen (Diane Ladd), with whom Amy is now living; her slacker ex-husband Levi (Luke Wilson) whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to. The series follows Amy as she navigates an unconventional path between who she is, who she wants to be...and what everyone is willing to tolerate from her.
Season one of ENLIGHTENED told the story of self-destructive corporate executive Amy Jellicoe (Dern), who had a spiritual awakening after a career-destroying meltdown. Though determined to live a more enlightened existence, her new outlook only wreaked more havoc, both at home and at work.In season two, Amy redoubles her efforts to gather evidence against Abaddonn with the support of Tyler (White), her meek IT ally, and enlists journalist Jeff Flender in her cause. Meanwhile, Amy’s ex, Levi, continues to struggle with rehab, and it remains to be seen if he will embrace recovery and return as the man she always wanted him to be.Other returning cast members include Luke Wilson (“Old School”) as Levi and Diane Ladd (Oscar® nominee for “Rambling Rose,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”and “Wild at Heart”), Dern’s real-life mother, as Amy’s disapproving mother Helen. Also returning are Sarah Burns (“I Love You, Man”) as Krista, the former assistant who has taken Amy’s old job, and Timm Sharp (“‘Til Death”) as Amy’s sleazy boss, Dougie.Guest stars on the second season include Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) as journalist Jeff Flender; Michaela Watkins (“The Back-Up Plan”) as snootycolleague Janis; Amy Hill (“50 First Dates”) as Judy, the no-nonsense HR rep who won’t give Amy a break; and Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”) as the executive assistant to Abaddonn’s CEO.Mike White wrote all eight episodes of the second season of ENLIGHTENED and directed four, with Nicole Holofcener, Todd Haynes, James Bobin and David Michod each directing one episode.